I am a working artist. Not a starving artist, nor a finger painter. I am rare, and I am free.
Dear Proslepsis and avamac,
Please make a reasonable statement with the information at hand. Either you agree with the actions of the Portland Police Department, or you do not. Single handedly bashing someone with an opinion is no way to be heard. So before I state mine, I would only request that the debate be drawn to a logical conclusion.
Therefore, I do not agree that the police officer's impulse to shoot the man was the most logical, however, in a tricky situation, any given person can make a mistake. I agree with TageSavage that he was probably trained in a particularly aggressive manner and he acted accordingly. Having so many years on the force though, kind of counteracts this knowledge. He knew better.
But I, for one, would also have shot him. A human life is, after all, a human life. By nature we are impulsive fight or flight creatures. But we also should have the decency and common sense to know when another is not a productive member of our society. If anything, we were paying this man (in taxes) to BE a drug addict and supporting his will to live (i.e. foodstamps). WHAT I ask you, after being on the streets for so long, did this man give back to us? A threat to a police officer...having the nerve to do so in a public facility. Or, being so whacked out of his gorge, that he probably didnt even realize what he was doing, much less realize he was dying.
If you believe in evolution, this may be an example of survival of the fittest. Take it as you will. I am sick of supporting bleeding hearts that do nothing but drag us down. I feel the officer was justified.
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